The beauty of the Lord

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The word "beauty" appears in only 49 verses in the King James Bible. Of those occurrences only two, Psalm 27:4 (written by King David) and 90:17 (originally composed by Moses and likely written down by priests who served during David's life) use the term "beauty of the Lord."

One thing have I desired . . . to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple (Psalm 27:4, KJV)

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it (Psalm 90:17, KJV)

Because of its rarity, it seems almost inconsequential. However, what makes a precious gem valuable? Its value comes from its rarity and the desire of people to have it. A gemologist looks beyond the outward appearance of a diamond to see what it look like on the inside. Only then does he begin the work of revealing its inner qualities.

David never thought of the beauty of God as inconsequential, but as a valuable gem to be desired. He saw things in him that most people overlooked and still overlook today.

In Psalm 27 David sees God as his light, his salvation, and his strength (verse 1). Despite armies gathering against him, David had peace and confidence (verse 3). He recognized God as being approachable (verse 4), and his protector (verse 5). He knew God enjoys praise and music (verse 6), and that he is merciful (verse 7). Even if his parents might abandon him, he knew the Eternal would be his protector forever (verse 10). David saw God as a teacher and a leader (verse 11). In all things, he saw God's goodness. He urges us to wait on him and "be of good courage, and He shall make your heart strong" (verse 14, HBFV translation).

Moses was the other fellow who recognized the beauty of God. He knew, despite having no home for forty years during the Israelites' sojourn in the wilderness, God provided refuge for them (Psalm 90:1). Unlike precious gems which had a beginning, and will have an end, Moses recognized God as being eternal (verse 2), and that man's time is nothing compared to God's (verse 4). Even though man returns to the dust he was created from (Genesis 3:19, Psalm 90:3), and perishes by God's anger (verse 7), he recognized God's ability to have pity and mercy on those who serve him (verses 13 - 14).

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Moses asks God to show his mighty deeds to those who were alive back then, and to let their descendants – that is us – see his glorious might (verse 16). In the end, he prays for God's kindness and that he "Make us successful in everything we do" (verse 17, God's Word translation).

Other attributes of God are grace (Genesis 6:8, Luke 2:40), a giver of good and perfect gifts (John 4:10, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8, James 1:17), and the source of all love (1John 4:9,16). Is the beauty of the Lord displayed in other ways? Yes! However, they are so numerous it took the entire Bible to enumerate them.

Written by Les Turvey
A Email Evangelist

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